If you were charged with a felony crime in Moscow Idaho, Pullman Washington or surrounding area, Mosman Law Offices can assist you in your defense. Our knowledgeable lawyers have years of experience working with people charged with felony crimes and misdemeanors. Call Mosman Law Offices today to schedule a time to discuss your case and determine your legal options.
In Washington, the most serious criminal offenses are categorized as felony offenses. Persons convicted of a felony offense may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term in excess of one year. In Washington, each felony offense has a statutory maximum penalty and a standard range penalty. There are three classifications of felony offenses:
Class A felonies – punishable by a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of $50,000 or both
Class B felonies – punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $20,000 or both
Class C felonies – punishable by a maximum of 5 years imprisonment, a fine of $10,000 or both
Examples of Class A felonies include:
Rape in the First Degree
Arson in the First Degree
Child Molestation in the First Degree
Rape of a Child in the First or Second Degree
Kidnapping in the First Degree
Examples of Class B felonies include:
Deliver or Possess with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroine, MORE INFORMATION
Theft of property or services with a value in excess of $1,500
Theft of a Firearm
Hit and Run resulting in Death
Examples of Class C felonies include:
Possession of Methamphetamine, MORE INFORMATION
Theft of property or services with a value between $750 and $1500
Theft of Telecommunication Services
Tampering with a Witness
Adult felony sentencing in Washington is governed by the Sentencing Reform Act of 1981 (RCW Chapter 9.94A as amended). In addition to the statutory maximum penalty, each felony in Washington carries a standard range sentence. The standard range sentence of a felony offense depends on the “seriousness level” of the offense and your “offender score”.
Felony offenses in Washington are divided into 16 seriousness levels ranging from low (Level 1) to high (Level 16). RCW 9.94A.515 lists the crimes within each seriousness level. Your “offender score” generally depends on five factors:
the number of prior criminal convictions (adult and juvenile)
the relationship between any prior offense and the current offense of conviction,
the presence of other current convictions,
your community custody status (i.e. whether you are on felony probation) at the time the crime was committed, and
the length of crime-free behavior between offenses.
Once the offense seriousness level has been determined and the offender score has been calculated, the presumptive standard sentence range may be identified on the appropriate sentencing grid. As a general rule, the standard range increases as your offender score increases (i.e., the higher your offender score, the higher the standard range).
Determining an appropriate offender score and standard range sentence for a felony offense in Washington is a complicated process. A conviction for a felony is likely to result in long-lasting consequences in addition to significant jail time. It is important to contact our attorneys to understand what the potential sentence may be for any felony offense.
In Idaho, serious criminal offenses are classified as felonies. A felony is a crime which is punishable by death or by imprisonment in the state prison.
Examples of felonies include:
DUI (second or third offense – depending on circumstances)
Idaho no longer classifies felonies in degrees (such as first, second, or third degree) and the particular sentence is determined on a crime-by-crime basis and by the judge. To illustrate, voluntary manslaughter is a felony offense, and is punishable by imprisonment up to 15 years and a fine up to $15,000 (Idaho Code §18-4007). Likewise, rape is a felony offense and is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than one year and up to life (Idaho Code §18-6104). In cases of felonies where no sentence is specified in the statutes, Idaho Code §18-112 provides that those felonies are “punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding five (5) years, or by fine not exceeding fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), or by both such fine and imprisonment.”
A conviction for a felony is likely to result in long-lasting consequences in addition to significant jail time. It is important to contact our attorneys to understand the potential impacts of a felony offense.
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